Dr. Fauci Says Officials Monitoring New Flu Strain In China, But It’s Not An ‘Immediate Threat’

Dr. Fauci Says Officials Monitoring New Flu Strain In China, But It’s Not An ‘Immediate Threat’


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said United States health officials will be monitoring a new Swine Flu appearing in Chinese pig farms, after a new study suggested that the swine flu virus “raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses.”

While Dr. Fauci said that the public shouldn’t worry about the virus actively infecting humans at the moment — and is “not a so-called immediate threat” — he explained that the virus is “exhibiting what we call reassortment capabilities.”

“In other words, when you get a brand new virus that turns out to be a pandemic virus, it’s either due to mutations and/or the reassortment or exchanges of genes,” Dr. Fauci said during a Senate hearing Tuesday. “They’re seeing virus in swine, in pigs now, that have characteristics of the 2009 H1N1, of the original 1918, which many of our flu viruses have remnants of that in it, as well

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